Bishan: Portrait of a Cricketer

Bishan Portrait of a Cricketer The name Bishan Singh Bedi conjures up one of the finest bowling actions in cricket poetry in motion The most successful of India s legendary spin quartet of the s Bedi played Tests and picked

  • Title: Bishan: Portrait of a Cricketer
  • Author: Suresh Menon
  • ISBN: 9780143414162
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The name Bishan Singh Bedi conjures up one of the finest bowling actions in cricket poetry in motion The most successful of India s legendary spin quartet of the 1970s, Bedi played 67 Tests and picked up 266 wickets, making him the highest Indian wicket taker at the time He was a master of deception who combined variations in flight, spin and pace to beguile the best ofThe name Bishan Singh Bedi conjures up one of the finest bowling actions in cricket poetry in motion The most successful of India s legendary spin quartet of the 1970s, Bedi played 67 Tests and picked up 266 wickets, making him the highest Indian wicket taker at the time He was a master of deception who combined variations in flight, spin and pace to beguile the best of batsmen Playing at a time when Indian cricket was just coming into its own, he featured in the incredible Indian victories in England and in the Caribbean in the 1970s There has always been to Bedi than spin bowling Forthright and outspoken, he clashed with officialdom as he crusaded for players rights He was also dogged by controversy, provoking extreme responses to his actions objecting to the use of Vaseline by John Lever, declaring India s second innings at Kingston in protest against intimidatory bowling by the West Indians and, famously, calling Muttiah Muralitharan a chucker This portrait by Suresh Menon, one of India s finest sports writers, is a remarkable account of an astonishing character a true cricketing great whose zest and passion for the game remain undiminished.

    One thought on “Bishan: Portrait of a Cricketer”

    1. A readable biography of a cricketing legend known for silkiness in bowling action and masala in other deeds on (and off) the field. The book could have been a masterly character-study but restricts itself to lesser ambitions. Suresh Menon is capable of much more but a smooth read nonetheless.

    2. A fine book about Bishan Bedi, his exploits on the cricket field as well as off it.Along with covering Bedi, the author provides insights into the how and why of the spinning quartet's success, as well as decline.Perhaps the book could have had more quotes from his fellow cricketers, to add to the summary of news coverage over the years of Bedi, and the Indian Cricket team. As I write this review, a full-fledged England side have been comprehensively beaten 4-0 in the 2016 Test series - a result [...]

    3. Suresh Menon is a good writer and this book is easy to read but I wanted more. It did not delve deeply enough into Bedi's character or the events on and off the field during his career. A more accurate title would have been Bishan: A sketch of a cricketer because it gives the reader a glimpse of Bedi but no more than that.

    4. It was a nice biography. Could have worked better had it been more detailed and in a chronological order.

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